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Chigorin - Schiffers First Match

Mikhail Chigorin7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Emmanuel Schiffers3/10(+3 -7 =0)[games]
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Chigorin - Schiffers First Match (1878)

Played in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (Russia) from February 22 - March 26.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Chigorin 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 Schiffers 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3

The series of matches played in 1878 and 1879 between Chigorin and Schiffers was to decide which of them was the strongest player in St. Petersburg, and subsequently, in Russia. Match conditions were that the winner would be the first to win six games. Which was Chigorin, after Game 9. But one more game was played. Chigorin explained it thus: After ending the 9th game, Schiffers proposed playing it from White's 18th move and regarding it as another official game. This 10th game also ended with Chigorin's victory.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chigorin vs Schiffers 1-0251878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC48 Four Knights
2. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-1251878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC51 Evans Gambit
3. Chigorin vs Schiffers 0-1251878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-1551878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC45 Scotch Game
5. Chigorin vs Schiffers 0-1281878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-1411878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC13 French
7. Chigorin vs Schiffers 0-1351878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Schiffers vs Chigorin 0-1351878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC45 Scotch Game
9. Chigorin vs Schiffers 1-0361878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. Chigorin vs Schiffers 1-0331878Chigorin - Schiffers First MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: White +2, Black +7.
Dec-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: I uploaded Game 9, but without exact date in March 1878.

<Pawn and Two> says that the book, "Mikhail Chigorin The First Russian Grandmaster", by Alexander Khalifman & Sergei Solovikov, provides a date for only Game 1 of this match, March 6, 1878, and that this book provides the game scores for all 10 games.

The games here are today dated as follows: 1 28/2, 2 28/2, 3 3/3, 4 5/3, 5 7/3, 6 9/3, 7 9/3, 8 21/3, and 10 26/3.

I'd like to know where these dates are from.

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <Tabanus: I uploaded Game 9, but without exact date in March 1878.>

And now it's in. It placed itself as no. 3 on the list, because of no exact date.

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Tabanus> <The games here are today dated as follows: 1 28/2, 2 28/2, 3 3/3, 4 5/3, 5 7/3, 6 9/3, 7 9/3, 8 21/3, and 10 26/3.

I'd like to know where these dates are from.>

When I did the original collection, I used <Quarterly for Chess History> #16, 2007, pg. 86-90. They give the dates as being from <Shakhmatnyj Listok>. The only difference is the following.

Game 1 (22/2)
Game 2 (26/2)
Game 9 (25/3)

WCH gave the dates of the match as February 28-March 26, clearly a typo.

Jan-24-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <TheFocus> Thanks! I updated the dates and bracket dates.

I don't know what WCH is. Games 6 and 7 are on the same day, March 9 (a Thursday), which looks a little odd.

Jan-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Tabanus> <I don't know what WCH is.>

Typo. I meant QCH (Quarterly for Chess History).

<Games 6 and 7 are on the same day, March 9 (a Thursday), which looks a little odd.>

Let me double-check. That cannot be right.

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